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Ingalls Memorial Hospital

A Brief History

As the City of Harvey and surrounding communities were taking shape in the early 1920s, industrialist Frederick Ingalls recognized the need for a hospital to care for people from all walks of life. Mr. Ingalls' dream was realized when Ingalls Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1923, dedicated to his wife, Jeanette Hess Ingalls, who passed away during the time of construction.

The original fifty-bed facility was well received by an eager community and served a population comprised largely of workers from local businesses. An expansion that doubled the original hospital's capacity opened just seven years later in 1930.

Over the years, several more additions were constructed, and today, Ingalls is a nationally recognized regional health system consisting of a 478-bed hospital on approximately 22 acres of land, along with a network of comprehensive outpatient facilities. Offering a full array of healthcare services, Ingalls has earned a national reputation and commendations for cancer, stroke, neurosciences and orthopedics.

Ingalls Family Care Centers and the area's only 24/7 Urgent Aid centers are conveniently located in Tinley Park (originally opened in 1983 with an addition in 2004), Calumet City (opened in 1986 and expanded in 2009), and Flossmoor (opened in 2005).

Ingalls Health System also includes a Wellness Center in Flossmoor, Same Day Surgery in Tinley Park, Ingalls Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation in South Holland and Ingalls Home Care & Hospice, which provides skilled nursing, support and therapy services throughout the Southland.

In addition to providing excellent patient care, Ingalls has long been the region's leader in offering community-based services, especially to those in need.

Each year, Ingalls hosts more than 200 free health screenings, educational programs and health fairs that reach nearly 50,000 individuals. These include free or discounted mammograms; free prostate screenings; and free or deeply discounted children's physicals and immunizations for hundreds of area children preparing for school.

Through its ongoing partnership with the Cancer Support Center in Homewood, Ingalls also reaches out to cancer patients and families with educational and support programs, as well as health screenings.

Since our founding, making a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of those in our care has been our legacy. And so it remains.

In recent history, we have experienced unprecedented changes in the health care field. We have responded with efforts to optimize our resources and relationships. The natural evolution included the foresight of a mutually beneficial partnership with UChicago Medicine. This step has accelerated both the pace and scope of our progress. Now, on top of veteran local healthcare knowledge, we layered the innovative clinical talent of a highly respected academic leader at the forefront of medicine. Our patients' personal physicians now have an array of skilled colleagues with advanced training and expertise to support care delivery from hospital visits through recovery, with ready access to world class specialties and techniques. This is sophisticated medicine unrivaled in the region.

Since its founding in 1923, Ingalls has remained a not-for-profit institution, committed to fulfilling its mission of improving the health of the communities we serve. Now, as UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, we continue on that path.

Progress Magazine